Good Reading : July 2015
GOODREADINGMAGAZINE.COM.AU GOOD READING JULY 2015 46 THRILLER WOM word of mouth RATINGS ★ ★ ★★ ★★ ★★★ ★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★ ★★★★★ RG After the Crash Michel Bussi After the Crash is an intriguingly structured jigsaw puzzle of a story. In 1980 a plane crashes into a mountain on the French border. There is one miraculous survivor: a baby girl. But there were two baby girls travelling on the plane and two families – the rich and powerful de Carvilles and the working-class Vitrals. Both claim the girl as their granddaughter. The identity of the child is a mystery; there is no conclusive evidence either way. After a bitter legal battle the girl known as Lylie is given to the Vitrals. Eighteen years later Crédule Grand-Duc, a private detective hired by the de Carville matriarch to discover the truth about Lylie’s identity, has a revelation. He also has a notebook that may or may not contain the truth. Lylie takes the notebook and embarks on a desperate journey. Marc, who may or may not be her brother, attempts to piece together her story and his own and the truth behind their relationship. Brilliant and complex, After the Crash is filled with memorable characters with murky motivations. The narrative unfolds playfully and cleverly, the twists are never obvious and Michel Bussi’s command of his material keeps you guessing the whole way. ★★★★ Orion $29.99 Reviewed by Tessa Chudy Something Is Rotten Adam Sarafis Late one night at a university library, a troubled man tumbles headlong over the guardrail and is impaled on the glass of the stairwell far below. So begins this intriguing debut from Adam Sarafis, the pen name for a collaboration between acclaimed Swedish-born novelist Linda Olsson and award-winning young playwright Thomas Sainsbury. Sam Hallberg is muddling through life as a mechanic, having given away his role as a government terrorism advisor following a personal tragedy. When he’s asked by Jade, a young sex worker, to investigate the death of her friend (ruled a suicide by authorities), he reluctantly becomes involved in a hunt for answers and a missing manuscript. Is it just Jade’s grief talking, or is something really rotten? At the same time Sam’s friend, business journalist Lynette Church, is getting stonewalled by the powerful as she delves into dirty politics in relation to New Zealand’s meat exports to Europe. Something Is Rotten is an assured first offering, combining page-turning storytelling with thought-provoking themes, such as how we deal with tragedy; the nexus between politics, big business, and the media; and power imbalances in society. I look forward to the next story in the series. ★★★ Echo Publishing $29.99 Reviewed by Craig Sisterson offering, combining page-turning storytelling with thought-provoking themes, such as how we deal with tragedy; the nexus between politics, big business, and the media; and power imbalances in society. I look forward to the next story in the series. ★★★ Reviewed by Craig Sisterson After the Crash Ajigsaw puzzle of a story. In 1980 a plane crashes into a mountain on the French border.There is one miraculous Linda Olsson & Thomas Sainsbury About Adam Sarafis Adam Sarafis is the pseudonym for writing duo Linda Olsson (born 1948 in Sweden) and Thomas Sainsbury (born 1982 in New Zealand).